Presentations from Monarch Meeting 2012

The 2.5 day Monarch Biology and Conservation Meeting, hosted by the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, was held from June 21-23, 2012, at the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum. It provided an opportunity for monarch biologists, agency land managers, monarch conservationists, citizen scientists, and others interested in monarch biology and conservation to share new information on monarch population trends, new findings in monarch biology, and successful monarch conservation efforts. Meeting activities included speaking and poster sessions, field trips, workshops, a banquet with a keynote speaker, and plenty of time for informal sharing and networking. While the meeting is over, we’ve posted presentations (both posters and powerpoints from talks) to allow the information sharing to continue.

Meeting Sponsor: The Monarch Joint Venture

The Monarch Joint Venture is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect monarch breeding and migratory habitat across the lower 48 United States. The MJV is committed to a science-based approach to monarch conservation work, guided by the North American Monarch Conservation Plan (2008).

Venue: The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum features more than 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants. You’ll be able to tour the Arboretum on 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails, walking the close gardens and biking, walking or driving Three-Mile Drive to see more gardens and collections.

The Arboretum is part of the Department of Horticultural Science within the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Its mission is to provide a community and national resource for horticultural and environmental information, research and public education; to develop and evaluate plants and horticultural practices for cold climates; and to inspire and delight all visitors with quality plants in well-designed and maintained displays, collections, model landscapes, and conservation areas.

Keynote Address: “A 58-Year Journey with the Monarch”

Lincoln Pierson Brower (B.A. 1953, Princeton University, Ph.D. 1957, Yale University) is Distinguished Service Professor of Zoology, Emeritus at the University of Florida. In 1997, he was appointed Research Professor of Biology at Sweet Briar College, and lives with his wife and three German Shepherds in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Nelson County, Virginia. His research interests include the overwintering and migration biology of the monarch butterfly, chemical defense, ecological chemistry, mimicry, scientific film making, and the conservation of endangered biological phenomena and ecosystems. He is recipient of the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale University, the Medal for Zoology from the Linnean Society of London, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animal Behavior Society, and the Henry Bates Award for the Biology and Conservation of Tropical Butterflies. In June, 2007, he received the Royal Entomological Society of London Marsh Award for “Lifetime contributions to Insect Conservation” and “Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Entomology”, and in November 2008, he was especially honored to receive the Mexican Federal Government’s award: Reconocimiento a la Conservacion de la Naturaleza. Professor Brower has authored and coauthored more than 200 scientific papers, eight films, edited two books, and is currently writing his magnum opus on the monarch butterfly for Harvard University Press. He has served as Presidents of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the International Society of Chemical Ecology and the Lepidopterists’ Society. He is currently collaborating with various groups to protect and restore overwintering forests of the monarch butterfly in Mexico. His conservation interests in the USA include modern agriculture’s severe impact on biodiversity in general. To facilitate his research and conservation efforts, Professor Brower in February 2003 formed a Geographic Information Systems team involving colleagues at The University of Mexico, NASA, Lynchburg College and Sweet Briar College in Virginia.